12 Horror Book Recommendations for Halloween

With Halloween just shy of a week away, I decided to share some of my favourite books to read around this spoopy time of year! All of the novels listed here are fantastic fright-night narratives with spookatcular elements in one form or another, and I gave them all 3.5 stars or higher! There are even a few books that kept me from being able to sleep in the dark, which are the best kinds of spoopy things to read. πŸ™‚ Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween! πŸŽƒ

Another by Yukito Ayatsuji

πŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
πŸŽƒ Impeccably written with an intellectual prose that’s accessible and gripping.
πŸŽƒ The story has a slow-burn, intensifying in creepiness and scary elements with each turn of the page.
πŸŽƒ Unique concept that is fully fleshed out and intricately constructed that keeps you absorbed from beginning to end.
πŸŽƒ Great for folks who like unpredictable, paced, supernatural stories surrounding urban legends, particularly where Japanese supernatural folklore is concerned.

Another Episode S/0 by Yukito Ayatsuji

πŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural
πŸŽƒ Companion story to Another (should be read after Another to avoid spoilers for main novel).
πŸŽƒ Brilliantly psychological in every way.
πŸŽƒ Intelligently put together.
πŸŽƒ Atmospheric with sinister aura that surrounds the reader from beginning to end.
πŸŽƒ Wonderful for folks who enjoy supernatural stories that will make them question everything.


I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter

πŸŽƒ Historical Fiction, Crime Thriller, Horror
πŸŽƒ The novel takes you into the mind of Jack the Ripper and the detective hunting him, creating a malevolent and intense cat-and-mouse situation.
πŸŽƒ Stunning in its brutality; tons of visceral, grotesque, and violent imagery.
πŸŽƒΒ  Prose is a bit slow, but it’s immensely well-written and perfectly complementary to time period.
πŸŽƒ Details of the crimes are derived from actual, real-life context, such as authentic interviews, periodicals from the era, etc., making everything that much more genuine.
πŸŽƒ Perfect for folks who enjoy Victorian crime thrillers that don’t shy away from violence.

Crimson Peak: The Film Novelization by Nancy Holder, Original Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro

πŸŽƒ Victorian Gothic Horror, Supernatural
πŸŽƒ Better than the film as it fleshes out the story and has some additional content that’s not in the film.
πŸŽƒΒ  Stunning vivid imagery.
πŸŽƒ The prose is breathtakinglyΒ felicitous to the Victorian time period (1887).
πŸŽƒ Sensationally atmospheric with a setting that will completely encapsulate you.
πŸŽƒ Creepy as fuck!
πŸŽƒ Perfect for fans of twisted Gothic horror.


Alien: The Film NovelizationΒ  by Alan Dean Foster

πŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Psychological Horror
πŸŽƒ Definitely a paced story, but adds unique touches you don’t get from the film, such as internal musings of what the cast is feeling and thinking.
πŸŽƒ Jump scares are more intense in the book due to how they’re written.
πŸŽƒ Slow-build of suspense that creates an uncomfortable tension that is the perfect companion to the story being told.
πŸŽƒ Has its moments of grossness.
πŸŽƒ Great for fans of science-fiction horror, or fans of creature features.

Aliens Omnibus: Complete Collection Volume 1 by Steve Perry & Stephani Perry

πŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Psychological Horror
πŸŽƒ Add more depth and lore to the Xenomorph universe, while providing fascinating insight into the creatures.
πŸŽƒ The prose is extremely fluid and fast-paced due to the ordinarily and straight-forward writing style.
πŸŽƒ Retains that air of slow-burn psychological tension that is familiar with Aliens franchise.
πŸŽƒ Violent and gross.
πŸŽƒ Excellent for fans of the franchise, and folks who like creature features.


Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

πŸŽƒ Southern Gothic Horror, Supernatural
πŸŽƒ The epitome of classic Southern Gothic horror story: grotesque characters, horrific and transgressive motifs, and an angtsy sense of alienation.
πŸŽƒ Very paced, but focuses intimately on the characters, which makes this book so damn irresistible.
πŸŽƒ The narrative in its entirety is profoundly chilling and eerie.
πŸŽƒ Meticulously written.
πŸŽƒΒ  Some of the imagery is psychologically fucked up, graphic, and plain disgusting.
πŸŽƒ Trigger warnings: Scene of rape.
πŸŽƒ Highly recommended for fans of classic Southern Gothic horror.

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

πŸŽƒ British Literature, Magical Realism, Dark Fantasy
πŸŽƒ A relatively short novel that is easy to read within a couple of hours.
πŸŽƒ Less obvious horror andΒ  more innately cognitive horror as it addresses very genuine and ordinary fears.
πŸŽƒ Very strange, dark, and twisted that is subtle in its execution.
πŸŽƒ Trigger Warning: A brief scene of child abuse.
πŸŽƒ Perfect for people who enjoy being scared on a truly psychological and emotional level; those who enjoy strange and uncomfortable tales.


Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

πŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Literature, Dystopian, Psychological Thriller
πŸŽƒ Not traditionally a horror novel, but excellent for Halloween due to the extravagantly savage and merciless quantity of bloodshed, which is further amplified since middle-schoolers are partaking in said violence.
πŸŽƒ A twisted and malevolent examination of how fear affects a person’s psyche, specifically when you think about their accumulated experiences.
πŸŽƒ Brilliantly written.
πŸŽƒ Fast-paced and beautifully fluid; very easy to get swept away by it.
πŸŽƒ Trigger warnings: Scenes of sexual assault and rape.
πŸŽƒ Recommended for fans of brutal fucking books, dystopian governments and horror relating to affects fear has on the human brain.

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

πŸŽƒ #OwnVoices Japanese Gothic, Short Story Collection, Psychological Horror
πŸŽƒ A short book with 11 tales, loosely connected, that you can read in a matter of an hour or two.
πŸŽƒ Subtle horror elements that evoke an intimate sense of strange eeriness.
πŸŽƒ As the connections are revealed, it envelopes you in an aura that’s very menacing.
πŸŽƒ Very contemplative in nature.
πŸŽƒ Prose is terse, spooky, idiosyncratic.
πŸŽƒ Glorious for fans who like subtle thinky narratives that stick to their bones long after it’s finished.


Resident Evil: Caliban Cove by S.D. Perry (Original Story)

πŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Horror
πŸŽƒ Wonderful zombie narrative that takes you into the mind of someone who’s infected as they slowly lose their mind and transition into a zombie.
πŸŽƒ Superbly atmospheric as the setting encompasses an abandoned laboratory on a spooky-as-hell island, along with an abandoned lighthouse.
πŸŽƒ Suspenseful with a decent fabrication of intensity.
πŸŽƒ Short, fast, and easy to read.
πŸŽƒ Marvellous for folks who are fans of the Resident Evil franchise, or enjoy zombie books in general.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica by S.D. Perry (Novelization of Original Video Game)

πŸŽƒ Science-Fiction, Horror, Psychological Thriller
πŸŽƒ The most twisted and fucked-up addition to the franchise that’s far more psychological than other instalments.
πŸŽƒ Fast and easy to read.
πŸŽƒ The twists are shocking.
πŸŽƒ New zombified monsters that add grossly creepy elements.
πŸŽƒ Really well-written.
πŸŽƒ Good for fans of the franchise and those who love the zombie books.


Thank you so much for stopping by! What are some of your favourite horror books for Halloween??

3 thoughts on “12 Horror Book Recommendations for Halloween

  1. I didn’t realize there’s a novelization of Crimson Peak. Will have to check it out. I liked the sound of the movie but thought it would be too scary for me, haha. Horror books are more my speed.


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